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China's next-gen fighter jets conduct flying display at Airshow China

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Reuters Beijing, China Nov 12, 2018, 03.34 PM (IST)

Sunday was the last day of the 12th Airshow China that opened on Tuesday in Zhuhai.

During the display that lasted for about five minutes, four J-20 stealth fighter jets performed a series of aerobatic maneuvers, including speedy pull-up, diving, and spinning.

When two J-20s opened their weapon bays and showed full magazines of missiles, it received raucous cheers from the excited spectators.

It was the first time that China officially showed the jet's full internal weapons configuration.

"It's totally amazing! The biggest surprise today is that the weapon bays popped open," said a spectator.

Many aviation enthusiasts regarded the display as a tribute to the 69th founding anniversary of the Chinese Air Force.

"It's amazing, to be able to witness the rapid development of China's Air Force, isn't it?" said another spectator.

J-20 pilot Chen Qiqiang said after the challenging show that he could feel the maneuverability of the fighter himself when he, who is quite experienced, was piloting it.

"Its capabilities in gathering data, integrating information, striking beyond visual range, and evading radar detection, all show its advantage as a next-generation fighter. It is a sharp weapon to achieve or retain air supremacy," Chen said.

Besides J-20s, the Air Force brought some other aircraft from its strongest arsenal to the country's biggest air show.

While showing its growth, the Air Force has ambitious plans for its future.

"The overall technical level of the air force's equipment has never been so close to world-leading levels of aerospace technologies. We expect more progress in the future," said Wang Zhonghua, director of the general planning division of the Armament Department of the Air Force.

The biennial air show has attracted 770 exhibitors from 43 countries and regions around the world.

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Besides J-20s, the Air Force brought some other aircraft from its strongest arsenal to the country's biggest air show.